A recent white paper by Hotels and Resorts Middle East, on The Future of Hotel Design in the Middle East, found that with over 154,000 hotel rooms under construction, the Middle East is currently one of the most dynamic and innovative regions in the world in terms of shaping the future of hotel design. Led by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar, the next generation of Middle East hotels will deliver optimal experiences at a reduced environmental and financial cost.
This abundance of development does however face challenges where solutions must be found. These include improving the sustainability of hotels, delivering personalised guest experiences, appealing to Milllenials, achieving green design and operations, effective digital management systems and room technologies, and embracing emerging technologies.
Some outstanding development projects have already been achieved, surpassing challenges and displaying spectacular design. The Abraj Kudai in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, with an investment of US$3.5 million has achieved a fusion of contemporary and traditional design, non-intrusive security and surveillance systems, amenities suited to the 4/5 star guest, good transport links and access to the Grand Mosque. The Bulgari Resort and Residences in Dubai, is another example of exceptional design. Once opened, it will achieve new heights of luxury in a city already brimming with spectacular hospitality. Incorporating a man-made island in the shape of a sea-horse, and exteriors and interiors designed by a renowned Italian architect, it will demand the most expensive room rates in Dubai.
With increased demand expected for Expo 2020 and other mega events in the region, hotel brands must look beyond their existing models and create stand out designs to get ahead of the competition. As all eyes turn to the region, hoteliers are already rising to the challenge. To find out more on the future of hotel design and the effects on tourism, get in touch.